Camille Phillips

Camille Phillips began working for St. Louis Public Radio in July 2013 as the online producer for the talk shows. She grew up in southwest Missouri and has a Master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Camille has also worked at public radio stations in Columbia, Mo. and Kansas City, Mo. As an intern for Harvest Public Media her work aired on KCUR, KBIA, NET Nebraska, Kansas Public Radio and Iowa Public Radio.

In her free time, Camille enjoys reading, dance, hiking and canoeing. She was drawn to journalism as a profession by a passion for hearing different perspectives and a desire to provide a platform for conversation.

NPR Story
6:37 am
Mon July 6, 2015

VP Parade name, origins largely a mystery to parade goers

The Veiled Prophet and his Queen of Love and Beauty at the 2015 VP Parade in Forest Park.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 9:22 pm

Updated July 8, 2015 to clarify the origin of the 1878 newspaper image and to correct the name of the accessories carried by the parade's horsemen.

Crowds decked out in red, white and blue were treated to a feast for the eyes and ears at the VP Parade Saturday morning in Forest Park. The parade had something for everyone, from marching bands and massive floating balloons to elaborate floats and superheroes driving four-wheelers and passing out candy. There were even Elvis impersonators and a Chinese dragon brigade.

But tucked in-between Elvis and a gardening float was a scene out of a bygone era. A troupe of men carrying ceremonial lances rode up first on horses decked out with the VP emblem. Then came two floats designed to look like chariots: the first pulled by a dragon, the second by a pair of swans. Enthroned on both chariots were women in elaborate gowns and men with their faces obscured by lacy veils.

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NPR Story
6:46 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Start of classic car race along Route 66 draws crowd in Kirkwood

A 1941 Packard 120 Convertible starts the Great Race in Kirkwood, Mo. Saturday, June 20, 2015.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 2:52 pm

Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Kirkwood Saturday to see 130 classic cars start an eight-day, 2,400 mile journey along Route 66.

The cars — and their drivers — are competing in the 33rd annual Great Race, a competition judged on arriving at set checkpoints at pre-ordained times. The Grand Champion will be awarded $50,000 after they cross the finish line in Santa Monica, Calif.

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NPR Story
6:10 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Monsanto protesters gather at Missouri Botanical Garden

About 70 people protested against Monsanto outside the Missouri Botanical Garden Saturday, May 23, 2015. They want the garden to stop accepting money from the agri-business company.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 10:39 am

Missouri Botanical Garden visitors were greeted by flashes of color even before they saw Chinese lantern displays Saturday morning. About 70 anti-Monsanto protesters lined the sidewalks outside the garden, some carrying 3-D monarch butterfly props. One protester brought along a dog in a bee costume.

“We find it really hypocritical that a garden, which is by the way a beautiful garden, and that has in its mission to promote sustainability, is receiving large amounts of funds from an herbicide producer,” protest organizer Aubrey Yarbrough explained. Yarbrough is an organic farmer with GMO Free Midwest.

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State News
5:50 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Report: Funding for higher education lags in Missouri, Illinois

The columns at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 4:54 pm

State higher education funding per full time student has dropped more than 26 percent in Missouri and increased almost 50 percent in Illinois over the past five years, according to data compiled by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.

The stark contrast between the states is due in part to an almost 29 percent variance in enrollment trends; Missouri enrollment has gone up while Illinois enrollment has gone down.

But Illinois Higher Education Director James Applegate said his state has also drastically increased its higher education funding in order to pay pension shortfalls.

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NPR Story
7:23 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Update on record of suspect in Ferguson shooting of police

County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch and County Police Chief Jon Belmar announce the arrest of Jeffrey Williams.
Wiley Price | St. Louis American

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 10:25 pm

Updated with probation information. Jeffrey Williams of north St. Louis County has been arrested on charges of  shooting two police officers shortly after midnight last Thursday in Ferguson, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced Sunday. Williams, 20, has admitted to firing the shots, but said in his statement that he was not aiming for the officers, McCulloch said.

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State News
5:52 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Legislator: Limit Metal Theft By Setting Up Task Force

When copper piping like this is stolen, it can be costly to replace.

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 5:40 pm

After receiving approval from both the Illinois House and Senate, a bill to form a task force to find solutions for metal theft has been signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.  It goes into effect on January 1, 2016.

In a statement Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea announced Friday that he would be a member of the task force.

Original story from February 15, 2015:

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NPR Story
1:27 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

President Obama Speaks On Ferguson, Police Training

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 11:30 am

President Barack Obama says he has asked Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to create a plan for a “careful and appropriate response to any potential violence” that may occur after the grand jury decision in the Darren Wilson case is made public.

Speaking Sunday on ABC’s This Week, the president said he doesn’t want a repeat of this past August.

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State News
4:14 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Social Media And The Ferguson Shooting: Magnifier, Megaphone And Vehicle Of Threats

Three observers use their phones to record a protestor yelling at a line of police outside of the Ferguson fire station on Sunday, August 10, 2014. "You have guns. Our babies don't have guns," she said.

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 11:07 am

Update: After least four says of of denial of service attacks, the main St. Louis County government website was restored on Monday, August 18. Work was still continuing on restoring auxiliary sites.

Updated at 12:30 on Friday August 15 with the latest on the St. Louis County website.

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